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Santino Marella Has Returned!

So I just got back into pro wrestling maybe....eh.....4 months ago? But so far one character that stands out to me is Santino Marella. I watched the clip of his debut and how totally serious of a character he was, not to mention his past gimmick of Alexis (i think?). WWE just decided to make him an entirely comedic character? What the heck happened. He has so much potential and there he his, doing his famous power walk and making me cringe....

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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 10:56 PM
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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

"Comedy" happened.

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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

He's been a comedy character from day 1 in WWE. I don't remember his debut well, I know he won the IC title from Umaga when Lashley kicked Umaga's ass, and he was a plant in the crowd, but if there was no signs of comedy during that night, it was probably just because it was the appropriate way to introduce him, a heartfelt story for his so called "home country" crowd. The comedy started immediately thereafter, with him just being a bumbling idiot. He's been a goofball for years, this wasn't a random change like Tensai where he just becomes a comedy babyface out of nowhere.

The Russian MMA gimmick, Boris Alexiev probably would've given him a higher ceiling (as there's not much of a ceiling lower than Santino Marella), but Vince refused to use the gimmick because Heyman came up with it and they've had an on and off working relationship for years.

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He's been a comedy character from day 1 in WWE. I don't remember his debut well, I know he won the IC title from Umaga when Lashley kicked Umaga's ass, and he was a plant in the crowd, but if there was no signs of comedy during that night, it was probably just because it was the appropriate way to introduce him, a heartfelt story for his so called "home country" crowd. The comedy started immediately thereafter, with him just being a bumbling idiot. He's been a goofball for years, this wasn't a random change like Tensai where he just becomes a comedy babyface out of nowhere.

The Russian MMA gimmick, Boris Alexiev probably would've given him a higher ceiling (as there's not much of a ceiling lower than Santino Marella), but Vince refused to use the gimmick because Heyman came up with it and they've had an on and off working relationship for years.
Bummer. Well I guess I feel better knowing he's been the goofball since day one and it wasn't some sort of repackage. I do wanna see more Boris Alexievs in the business though. Scary Russians are always a good call in my book.

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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

One thing I've noticed is that even as a Comedy Character, Santino seems to be a credible competitor, but tends to hold himself back by acting stupid at inappropriate times.



And it tends to hurt OTHER wrestlers' credibility because it basically says that the only way you can beat Santino is if he screws himself over.




Imo, The Cobra is a legit finisher, but here, Santino uses the Cobra, yet because he doesn't have the silly sock, he doesn't put his full effort into it and pretends as if the sock makes his finisher stronger.

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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

I love Santino, I know his current Gimmick hasn't been as over as it was the first half of 2012 but I'm still a mark for him. I'm hoping they give him some kind of push in a more serious way for one of the midcard belts or even a Tag Team run again.

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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

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One thing I've noticed is that even as a Comedy Character, Santino seems to be a credible competitor, but tends to hold himself back by acting stupid at inappropriate times.



And it tends to hurt OTHER wrestlers' credibility because it basically says that the only way you can beat Santino is if he screws himself over.




Imo, The Cobra is a legit finisher, but here, Santino uses the Cobra, yet because he doesn't have the silly sock, he doesn't put his full effort into it and pretends as if the sock makes his finisher stronger.
Sometimes his gimmicky actions go over big time with the WWE audience and sometimes it doesn't. Like at EC, people were going crazy for Santino, it was insane, and WWE milked the hell out of it. These reactions were literally ridiculous. I see your point thou.


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Re: What happened to Santino Marella?

I hate the guy. He may be a good wrestler, who knows? I fucking cheer when he quickly gets beaten or eliminated in the Rumble. It's a crappy Latka from Taxi gimmick that's gotten old. I don't mind comedy wrestlers, but it's all based on a dumb Foreign Man gimmick, not anything original.

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